Top 10 Best Preserved Plantation Homes

Montpelier, SC

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This is another Greek-inspired house, on a cotton and grape plantation in South Carolina. It was named Montpelier by the first owner, Samuel Maverick, whose grandmother who came from Montpelier in France. It suffered serious damage in a  fire in 1850, but Samuel rebuilt the house, along with his daughter and son-in-law.One of Samuel’s children. born at Montpelier, was Samuel Augustus Maverick, politician and signer of the Texan Declaration of Independence There is some confusion over the life of the younger Samuel Maverick, with some accounts suggesting that when he was a cattle-rancher in Texas, his stubborn refusal to brand his cattle led to the word “maverick” entering the English language. Other accounts deny that he ever owned cattle. But he probably spent his early years at Montpelier, Pendleton, and some of his later married life. The house is currently privately owned, but worth a look if you’re in the area, to see a slice of American history.